Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Libyan Navy Attacked by Fighter Jets - Updated

The Libyan opposition website Libya al-Youm is reporting fighter jets from what is being called the "Free Libyan Air Force" (never heard of it before today) has attacked the Libyan Navy off Ajdabiya, and 2 Libyan warships are on fire - sinking, while a third warship is said to have been damaged.

If this report by the rebel opposition turns out to be true, this is a very interesting development in the Libyan civil war. I think I speak for many of us when saying I am very curious who this "Free Libyan Air Force" is.

I would not be surprised to learn it is not Libyan at all, or not only Libyan.

UPDATE:

Reuters and Al Jazeera Arabic TV are reporting that MiG-23s and helicopters have sunk two Libyan warships.

The same sources being cited by both news agencies are saying tanks were also bombed near near Brega and Ajdabiya, the two towns reported to have fallen to pro-government forces today.

There are also new reports from the opposition website Libya al-Youm that the Gardabya Air Base airport runways have been bombed, which somewhat matches what some of the Libyan rebel Twitter sources are saying by describing smoke coming from an Air Force base outside the city of Sitre.

According to Reuters, "The Brnieq online newspaper quoted an unnamed airforce officer at the Benina airbase in Benghazi."

This is a very interesting development. It also makes the no-fly zone discussions a lot more difficult when both sides are flying aircraft in combat.

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